Columbia College Chicago

Interdisciplinary Arts

Columbia College Chicago offers master's degree and graduate certificate programs in the arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of the arts to healing. Students pursue advanced study in small, selective programs that are grounded in history and theory and shaped by the trends of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of award-winning faculty, students prepare to advance their careers, shape the future of their disciplines, and affect meaningful change in their communities.

Graduate Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Interdisciplinary Arts, MA

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts supports artists seeking to refine their creative practice and deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary art theory, history and technique. With access to the facilities in the MFA program, you will build connections among visual art, movement, sound, writing and drama, and graduate with a broad understanding of contemporary art practice, expanded technical skills and a professional portfolio. Designed to be completed in one calendar year, this program is organized as an accessible and viable option for working professionals.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media fosters innovative interdisciplinary dialogue between technology, installation and performing arts. You will incorporate emerging fields like embodied experiences and interactive environments with a spectrum of technologies including book, paper and print. World-class facilities—black-box experimental lab space, electronics lab, sound lab, installation spaces and computer labs—allow you to push the boundaries of what technology and art can do.

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper encourages the consideration of book and paper as a site for interdisciplinary practice. You'll pursue a course of study that integrates both technical and conceptual experimentation while collaborating with new media, performance and installation. As a Book & Paper student, you'll have access to some of the finest bindery, papermaking, and printing equipment and facilities in the world, including the Papermaker’s Garden, which cultivates plants used for papermaking fiber in the Center for Book & Paper studios.

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We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.

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